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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dorm Room Decor

It's that time of year again.

It's when Mr. Decor begins bragging to his friends and co~workers that he is married to a college coed. (smile)
I never had the chance to go away to college and live in a dorm room. Most former dormies tell me that I am not missing out on to much. But, here's my chance to dream. Let's begin by emptying out the space.

The walls definitely need some color. Perhaps a robins egg blue. We could frame out a bit of wallpaper to use as inexpensive artwork. Brocade has a great selection.

Next, let's cover that institutional carpet with a lovely rug. Perhaps an Aubusson or Savonnerie? This beauty is from CSN Rugs.

We'll need a bed. This delightful confection, is "Venice" by Jane Kelter. Not exactly functional, but perfectly dreamy.

These comfy, cozy linens by Bella Notte would surely chase away any homesickness.

For a workspace, I think I would opt for an armoire. It could house a small tv, computer, as well as a few books and pictures. This armoire is from the Chic Chateau.

As dorms are generally fairly small spaces, a transparent chair would take up less visual space and is lightweight. I adore the classic Phillipe Stark Victoria or Louis Ghost Chair
I always like the lighting at PB Teen. It is cute and reasonably priced. Even better, they are currently having a sale.

I know, I know. It's a bit "Emily Gilmore" when she redecorated Rory's room at Harvard to the tune of $25,000. But it was fun wasn't it?

For those with a more simplistic "Felicity" approach to dorm room decorating head on over to the Rate my Space page at HGTV. Here are a few images of real life rooms that look pretty great.

You have got to hand it to the guys, they are all about fun. Still, I wouldn't want to clean up the sand at the end of the year.

Now you know where to go for the poker game. The bathroom is even decked out in (bear with me) a royal flush theme.

So, with my return to school dear readers you can expect blog postings that are more about quality than quantity. Thank you for your understanding.


Liz said...

Hi Laura!
None of those rooms look anything like my daughters dorm... don't forget, you will have to share that space with a fellow student : )....

What will you be studying? I never had the dorm experience either... I think we missed out!


Melissa said...

I love your style. If I were back in college, that's how I would love my room to have looked.

You are a great talent.


Mimi Sue said...

I so want to be your room mate. Could you get 2 of those adorable beds? It'd almost be worth going back to school for...Mimi

Jen r. said...

who wouldn't love a dorm room like that!

Melissa said...


I love your thinking. Chocolate would be a great way to celebrate.

Thank you for thinking of that idea.


Miss Sandy said...

Fun themed rooms! Best of luck on your studies!

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Laura,
Those rooms are cute! I too didn't go to a dorm, it's a bit different here in Australia - university was only 20 minutes on the train for me. But I would have loved if i had a room for Rory's $25,000 version, lol!!! imagine that?!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your words of encouragement,
Natasha : )

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Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I never went away either.

My son did this summer, but he had an uncommonly large room with a private bath. Most dormers share a small room and a small bath. I don't know if I could have lasted out a semester with anyone.

But I like your idea's to spruce it up.


Becky said...

I really like your blog.
You have great taste and I know that I would have loved the room you designed.

SimplyEverything said...

Why are those dorms so cute? Perfect little home away from homes!

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

If you decorate the room I'll be your roomy for sure! Do I have to actually go to school though?? ;)

Beautifully dreamy ideas!


Elizabeth said...

I lived in the dorms and we couldn't have done ANY of those things! Those have to be fraternity houses or something! Some of our furniture was even bolted down!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Good for you on going back to school! After helping my daughter with her dorm room I can say with full confidence that you are better off at home! She couldn't wait to get married and have her own condo.

Cute ideas! Enjoy the school year!